R.I.P. Legendary Actor Christopher Plummer
Hollywood Mourns Christopher Plummer, Dead at 91…
Disney fans will remember him as National Treasure’s epic spawning grandfather John Adams Gates and Up’s evil adventurer Charles Muntz. The world will remember him as Captain Von Trapp (opposite Mary Poppins Julie Andrews) in The Sound of Music. I will remember him as Chang from (the very underrated) Star Trek VI and Harlan Thrombey in Knives Out.
Christopher Plummer. Image: ABC.But no matter where or when you first took notice of Christopher Plummer, you remember his performance.
Whether it was a Shakespeare-spouting Klingon, a beloved father, or self-sacrificing writer turned-hero, Plummer inhabited his roles like few actors who have graced the screen previously and few will do as skillfully in the future.
Of the actor’s passing, Variety reported:
“Chris was an extraordinary man who deeply loved and respected his profession with great old fashion manners, self deprecating humor and the music of words,” said Lou Pitt, his longtime friend and manager of 46 years. “He was a national treasure who deeply relished his Canadian roots. Through his art and humanity, he touched all of our hearts and his legendary life will endure for all generations to come. He will forever be with us.”
An imposing theatrical presence with a well-cultivated, resonant voice, that critic John Simon once observed, “in its chamois mode, can polish mirrors,” Plummer was best known for playing Captain von Trapp in the Oscar-winning musical “The Sound of Music.” He also won an Oscar in 2012 for his supporting turn in the film “Beginners,” becoming the oldest actor ever to win the Academy Award for supporting actor.
Many, many fellow actors and creatives spoke about Plummer’s prowess.
- Plummer’s Knives Out co-star Chris Evans wrote on Twitter, “This is truly heartbreaking. What an unbelievable loss. Few careers have such longevity and impact. One of my favorite memories from Knives Out was playing piano together in the Thrombey house between set ups. He was a lovely man and a legendary talent.”
- Knives Out director Rian Johnson wrote, “Mr. Plummer was not just a legendary actor, but a kind soul who loved his craft. I’m so grateful to have had the opportunity to share a set with him.”
- Julie Andrews wrote in a statement shared with THR, “The world has lost a consummate actor today and I have lost a cherished friend. I treasure the memories of our work together and all the humor and fun we shared through the years. My heart and condolences go out to his lovely wife Elaine, and his daughter Amanda.”
And certainly the tributes will continue.
MickeyBlog.com sends its condolences to Mr. Plummer’s family, friends, and fans.